Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Minding the Third Ward

I saw this on the WVTL news site today: Amsterdam Police have charged an adult and two juveniles with making graffiti following an incident Wednesday night at Bacon School. [snip] This week, Third Ward residents complained at a City Hall meeting of vandalism at Bacon...

Open Thread: Coverage of GASD Scores

Update July 1, 2008: I’m going to post excerpts of comments from RugCity which pretty much nails it. (Bold highlights added by me): RugCity writes: I was wondering the same exact thing. The Recorder should have run a comprehensive article with graphs like you’ve posted....

Cultural Posers

Apparently the GASD and Supt Limoncelli did not support a class trip to Peru as the students would miss approximately 7 class days. Naturally the advocate for the trip, Spanish teacher Diana Foote, felt that the experience would have proved a rich experience. I have...

The Financial Dissonance of the GASD

If you recall, the budget flier from the GASD for the 2008-2009 budget claimed the following: Closing Bacon Elementary School substantially lowered the costs for salaries, health and retirement benefits, utilities and more. Yet according to the GASD Web site today, we find this related...

The Fallacy of Peak Assessments

I mentioned in a prior post my skepticism toward the argument that the revised – yet unreleasable — assessments could not be released because the assessments were performed at a market peak. For the sake of discussion, I put together a simple example to illustrate...

Flippin’ Friday Fun

I enjoyed this clip as I think it’s relevant to Amsterdam in a number of ways. Kunstler is controversial and a bit profane so be forewarned. Also the TED site has some amazing speakers and topics-enjoy! In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be...

Crunching the Numbers on Assessments: Part 1

Disclaimer: The charts and graphs are for illustrative purposes only and do not represent the actual or projected assessment rates, tax rates or distributions for the City of Amsterdam. I posted a while ago about the state of assessments in the City of Amsterdam. I...